2005 LE GRAND PINOT NOIR




Friday, 5/18, San Francisco, CA & Little Rock, AR
Today brought back a little faith in American Airlines as all of my flights left on time and arrived early. I'm still not to the point where I will fly them on personal trips yet, but they are slowly getting there. I've got a trip to D.C. in late June so we'll see if they fall back to their "bad" ways! I got home just in time to see my little girl's gymnastics performance which we followed up with a trip to Capers Restaurant in West Little Rock. Now this restaurant has been around quite awhile and all of the lunches I've had have been rock solid good. We decided to go there for appetizers and maybe a little more due to our lunch experiences, and to the fact that they have a nice outdoor patio to dine on. If I hadn't known better I would have sworn that this was their first week in business. We ordered a couple of glasses of wine, which I'll get to in a minute, and a cheese appetizer. All of that was delivered promptly and was quite tasty. Following that we placed an order for a kid's plate of fried shrimp which my little gymnast star had requested and a grouper special. The shrimp meal came out promptly but the grouper was another story. It was delivered approximately thirty minutes after my little gymnast had finished, yes, finished, her meal. At one point I thought our waitress must have quit and not told anyone she had a table on the patio. She finally showed up with a half-hearted apology. I will say this. The entree was very hot so maybe the problem was in the kitchen but an occasional update would have been nice. It will be a while before I try dinner at Capers again. On to the review!
The glass of 2005 Le Grand Pinot Noir was served at which time I noticed a medium garnet color, not as thin as some pinot I've had of late, but not as thick as others. On the nose I picked up lots of cherry flavors while in the mouth I noticed some blackberry, currant, medium-oak spices and a light tannin. Overall a decent wine for the $7/glass restaurant cost I paid. I gave this one 3 Corkscrews based on value and drinkability. Try a glass, or a bottle, and let me know what you think. Stay away from Capers for dinner if you're ever in the Rock, at least until they get the kitchen problem figured out. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this wine! Excellent!

Anonymous said...

$7 is more than the cost of a whole bottle in a lot of stores. :D

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